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Old 02-18-2017, 01:29 AM   #1
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New Member - Hitch Advice Needed

Hello all! Just joined this forum. We are about 90% sure we want to purchase the Redwood 3401RL. I sold my Jayco travel trailer so I am new to 5th wheel camping. I need to install a 5th wheel hitch but have a couple of questions. My TV is a 2015 GMC 3500 SRW Duramax with 6.5' bed. Will I need a slider? I also have a truck camper so I need a hitch that has no permanent rails in the bed of the truck. I like the looks of the Anderson Ultimate 5th Wheel Connection but it is not a slider however it appears to have a little bit of an offset to the rear? I especially like the fact that the aluminum model only weighs 35lbs.
What hitch are you happy with?
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Old 02-18-2017, 02:50 AM   #2
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Hello all! Just joined this forum. We are about 90% sure we want to purchase the Redwood 3401RL. I sold my Jayco travel trailer so I am new to 5th wheel camping. I need to install a 5th wheel hitch but have a couple of questions. My TV is a 2015 GMC 3500 SRW Duramax with 6.5' bed. Will I need a slider? I also have a truck camper so I need a hitch that has no permanent rails in the bed of the truck. I like the looks of the Anderson Ultimate 5th Wheel Connection but it is not a slider however it appears to have a little bit of an offset to the rear? I especially like the fact that the aluminum model only weighs 35lbs.
What hitch are you happy with?
I have bed rails in mine. I use 2X4s in the bed and throw plywood on top covered with rubber horse stall mats in the bed when using the bed topper. Love this setup due temp control and limited slipping of items
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Old 02-18-2017, 03:37 AM   #3
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We have the Anderson hitch on ours.Have had 0 problems.
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Old 02-18-2017, 01:41 PM   #5
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Thanks for the reply. How long is the bed of your truck? Is there an offset in the hitch towards the rear of the truck?
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Old 02-18-2017, 03:50 PM   #6
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I also have a 6.5 bed.

Some people here on the forum say the because of the design of the front cap on the redwood, a slider is not necessary so you may get away with not using one.

I like to be safe and also like everything built Heavy Duty (see my profile below) and did not want to chance ever hitting the cab.

I chose the 4400 slider by Pullrite. The upside is that you can remove it from your bed and have no rails. It just has the holes where you drop the pins in. If you really need to you, can get plastic caps for those pin holes. The best part is it is totally automatic and you do not need to get in or out of the truck. It does all the work. Many other sliders require you to get out of truck, pull the pin, move the truck, get out and put the pin back in, get back in the truck, move the rig.

The Downside is they are very heavy and it takes two pretty strong guys (thank goodness for a son that can help sometimes) to get it in and out of the bed. Some people have rigged up a winch system to lift it rather than doing it manually.

I am very pleased with mine and if I had to do it over, I would make the same choice.
Here is a link to the website for more info:

SuperGlide 20K | Fifth Wheel Hitches by PullRite

We love our choice of models and your will be in that same class. I would love to see the 3401. I have only heard good things about it.
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Larry ~ use the Redwood's jacks to pull the hitch and then just make a table for the hitch to sit on.
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Old 02-19-2017, 05:04 AM   #8
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Great Idea Vaughn. I will give it a try next time I need it out.

It pretty much stays in the bed under the tri-fold at this point...
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We have the Anderson with a short bed RAM. No problems turning and in 5 minutes its out and under the RW if need be. I have the block turned so the pin is ahead of the ball. Puts the pin over the axle, no issues with it this way.

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Old 06-27-2017, 03:48 PM   #10
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Anybody using the Andersen hitch with the Flex Air pin box? Anderson makes a lockout kit for the Rota Flex so it can be used with the Andersen hitch. Andersen was not aware of the existence of the Flex Air so they don't make a lockout kit for that pin box but I am hoping it will fit anyway. If not, I'll have to change my setup.
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